Mission & Goals

Mission Statement

To ensure that all New Mexicans have access to world-class cancer care and benefit from advances in cancer research, the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center will provide outstanding cancer diagnosis and treatment, conduct world-class research to discover the causes and the cures for cancer, educate the next generation of cancer healthcare professionals, and overcome the significant cancer health disparities in the Southwest through community-based outreach programs.


  • To conduct world-class cancer research in our laboratories, clinics, and communities by building on our unique institutional strengths and partnerships with Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, and New Mexico’s Universities and biotechnology industry.
  • To determine the genetic, environmental, social, and behavioral factors that contribute to the distinct patterns of cancer incidence and mortality in the multiethnic populations of New Mexico.
  • To reduce the significant cancer health disparities in the underserved populations of the Southwest by collaborating with the State Department of Health, Native American Communities, The Indian Health Service, and communities statewide to develop culturally appropriate cancer education, screening, and prevention programs.
  • To provide world-class cancer treatment for all New Mexicans through continued expansion of cancer treatment programs and facilities at the UNM Cancer Center in Albuquerque and the creation of a statewide network of cancer treatment programs in Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Farmington, and other regions of the state through collaborative partnerships and affiliations with community providers and healthcare systems.
  • To increase access for and participation of New Mexicans in cancer treatment and prevention clinical trials, facilitated by the New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance, a joint UNM-community statewide collaborative clinical trials network.